How to Set Up Your Own Freelance Website Using WordPress

WordPress can be the easiest and least expensive option for putting up a freelance website – once you get past a few technical hurdles.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to get past them quickly by following along step-by-step. You can either follow along with the videos, or print out the PDFs and go through each step at your own pace.

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Rebecca Matter

Rebecca Matter

President of American Writers and Artists, Inc and founder of Wealthy Web Writer, Rebecca has over 20 years of direct marketing and publishing experience.


    • Hi Carol,

      Are you able to see the videos and they won’t play or are the videos not displaying for you?


      • Hi Heather,
        I have the same problem.
        The audio is present but the video screen is frozen on the start screen.
        The first one plays but all of the others stay on the forst video screen.
        Going full screen just shows a black screen.
        I hope you are able to sort this.

        • Hi Phil,

          Can you let me know what browser you are using? Are you on a PC or tablet (or other device)? Have you tried a different viewing environment?

          For me the videos all play properly. Intermittent problems are always the most difficult to assess.

          Thank you,

          • Nevermind…I don’t know what happened.

            After I posted the comment, they showed up.

          • Technology… you got to love it. I’m glad it’s working for you now. 🙂

  • Hi Heather,

    The first couple of videos faded to black for me…looks like just a minor hiccup. Great tutorial though!



    • Hi Scott,

      I tested the videos and wasn’t able to replicate what you’re seeing. Can you let me know the minute marks where it’s fading to black and also what browser you are using. Thank you!

  • Hi Heather,

    I tested it this morning and it was doing it sporadically on the second video. Perhaps it has something to do with the Safari web browser I’m using? It looks like I am one of the few to experience difficulty viewing it. Thanks again for the wonderful tutorial…very helpful!:)


  • HI Scott,

    It may be Safari. Which version are you using? My last version of Safari had trouble with pdf files, so I know sometimes Safari struggles with the multi-media aspects of the Web. If you decide to try it with another browser, let me know if you see similar issues.


  • In Firefox, I was able see videos except for Steps 4 & Step 5 which are important as they deal with adding content and navigation. The bonus video #6 was interesting on plug-ins.


  • Hi Leslie,

    I’m able to see and play all the videos. Can you let me know if you see the videos and there’s an error when you attempt to play or if they’re not showing up at all? Thanks!

  • Are you suppose to pay Blue Host for hosting before you install Word Press because that’s what I see when I click on control panel and then my domain name. I am asked to pay either for 1year, 2 or 3 years before I can continue. I don’t know if I’m clicking at the right place on the Bluehost website.

  • Are you suppose to pay Blue Host for hosting before you install Word Press because that’s what I see when I click on control panel and then my domain name. I am asked to pay either for 1 year, 2 or 3 years before I can continue. I don’t know if I’m clicking at the right place on the Bluehost website.

  • This is a fantastic tutorial series. My freelance website is up and running, and all I need to do is add content and set up a few widgets. Thanks Rebecca!

  • Wow! Wow! Wow! This has saved me a ton of time and money. Thanks to the folks here and Wealthy Web Writer and Rebecca and the others who made this possible for us technically challenged writers. It’s amazing how I just saw a class offering these basics for $97. Great Information I did not watch the videos because I am a person who likes to read the content. so I downloaded the pdf for printing later.

  • I took my freelance website live yesterday. Then I signed up for Wealthy Web Writer and saw these videos. Good information about WordPress. I believe that WordPress comes with GoDaddy. I think the rep said that it would work well for a blog on my site. Here is the link to my site:
    Any feedback is appreciated.

    • Hi Brett,

      I like your masthead and your focus on clarity. Your social icons pop out and cover some of the body text (I’m using Safari on a Mac), so that impacts readability. I am confused by the food-related content below your masthead. It seems out of place.

      Hope this feedback is useful.


  • Hi,
    This is wonderful I have just downloaded the tutorial and I will read them over the weekend, they look promising. I have always wanted to put up a freelance website and I know this is the time to do so with the help of Wealthy Web Writer tutorial. I will be back soon with my progress.
    Great job guys.

    Thank you.

  • Hi Heather,

    I’m doing a dry run through the tutorials before I actually follow them. I ran into a technical issue with Step Three: Installing your theme. The video goes to black for 50 seconds from 4:33 to 5:23, then resumes. I don’t know if it picks up where it left off or if any content was missed during the blackout. I’m using a PC with Windows 7 and Firefox 35.0.1 browser.

    Joe Martin

  • Step 4 & 5 won’t play at all, completely black with no graphics and no play arrow Step 3 had a few blackout spots. I’m using my android now but will try it on my pc tomorrow. Otherwise, very helpful. I’m working on my website now and plan to host soon.

    Cancel that: both 4 & 5 are now functional!

    • Hi Patricia,

      I’ve checked those and they play for me. Let me know how they work on your PC. Thank you.

  • Thanks for the effort you put into this guide for starting a website. I am taking one step each day this week with that FOCUS theme in mind.
    I am a total newbie and wish the best to others, like me, who require patience and courage to venture into this unknown territory.
    If you are an experienced person with professional credentials there is a particular challenge to taking on the role of a learner.
    I am hanging in there expecting a light at the end of this long dark tunnel. I hope you are tool.

  • Hi and thanks for the tutorial. My website is already built through GoDaddy but it is not published yet. It does not have a blog associated with it though, so I will have to figure out how to go about integrating the two. It also has a page that displays samples of my work (lots of design work as well.) My fear is that it possibly has more information than needed with little functionality (like a blog has.) It will be interesting to figure out how to reformat the site to include a blog component.

  • I have a case studies page. I have created three case studies and saved the files on my computer. I want to put them within this page as pdf’s. I found a plug in called “Gravity PDF” in word press. I activated it but there’s no widget to place this plugin into my page. Could you help with this issue.

      • Hi Heather,
        I appreciate you responding to my question. However, I was finally able to figure out how to upload my pdf to my website page.

  • Hi Heather, I have seemed to gotten stuck in a rut! I purchased my domain name through GoDaddy/Plesk with Windows. I thought I needed a SSL certificate so, I bought one a lot cheaper from / Shopper Approved. They told me to request a CSR from my host. They said I had to do it myself and gave instructions but, the instructions aren’t working. And, I don’t understand how to get to the WordPress on the tutorial. Also, every time, I try to open the website it says it isn’t safe. Then, GoDaddy has this warning saying other SSL companies sell so they can get to your data. Then, I read some articles that said I didn’t need one. HELP!

    • Hi Wanda,

      My knowledge on the technical side of things is limited. I’m looking into your question and will follow up here as I find answers.

  • Hi Heather,
    I just bought my domain name at and am debating between using Bluehost or Siteground for hosting. Do you have any advice? I’ve heard Bluehost was bought out by another company and the quality of their services has gone down. Any thoughts on this are always appreciated! Thanks!

  • Hi!
    The Word Press videos are a great time and money-saving addition to the Wealthy Web Writing program. I am currently enrolled in both the Accelerated Copywriting Program and the Wealthy Web Writing program. I intend to use my upcoming website for all my future copywriting endeavors.
    I am truly looking forward to living the writer’s lifestyle.
    Charlie Tisserand

  • Wow! Thank you, Rebecca!! I’ve been a little intimidated about putting up the website! This tutorial makes it SO EASY!! Thank you!!

  • I’m not able to see any of the videos and am trying to find the one on showing everything about the site and can’t find that one either

    • I’m sorry you’re having trouble viewing the videos. Can you let me know what kind of device you’re using?

  • Hi Heather,

    I’ve enjoyed the videos and tutorials on “Building your Website”. There were lots of info on word press, installing theme, adding content, pro framework, plug in and widgets. It has given me the confidence to build my own website.
    Is Wealthy web writer and Awai both the same entity or business per say?
    Thank you!
    Lori Ann Isagawa

  • The videos are tiny and it’s hard to see what’s going on, and I can’t make them full-sized. I click on the fullscreen icon and nothing happens. This is with Chrome on Windows 10.

  • Great job Rebecca! FYI, all videos played great on my Android phone.
    I hard coded our web site for almost 20 years and when the good folks at our hosting company had to shut down due to health issues they recommended I’ve been very pleased with their help and response to any issues I had.
    Now, thanks in part to your videos, I’ll be using WordPress with a lot less worry and time spent coding.
    Thanks again for very helpful videos!

  • Hi!

    Thank you so much for this video. I’ll be working on my website in the coming days following all the steps that are in the videos, and will post an update of it or if I encounter any problems along the way.
    This really helps me a lot.

  • I have a wordpress site for my writing, most of which is done for free, mostly because I love to write, but also because I hope to attract clients, in others words, I’m trying to make it be all things to all people. I see this is a mistake. Do you recommend a new and separate site for my freelance writing? Also, I have a MAC. I’ve never downloaded wordpress, I just created it online using wordpress tools. What is the value of having the site ‘hosted’ by another provider?

  • Ok, after fighting with whats on the video, Godaddy, wordpress…AAKK!! I just went to and bought a premium package for around $100. Site and hosting, somewhere in there I think I have an email through the Gmail suite..something else to figure out. has launched! Ready, Fire, Aim !

  • This is very helpful. Thank you. I do have a recommendation.
    Some information may need to be updated, since it is now May 2019, and some of the information is from 2012, such as Step 3.

  • The videos are working great. Excellent tutorials. I appreciate the accompanying PDF documents as well.

  • I thought I was pretty savvy, but have been proved wrong. After watching the tutorials and setting up with Go Daddy and Bluhost as suggested, I found that Proframework doesn’t seem to exist anymore. Is there another software that would be compatible? I tried to set up the site with wordpress but was unable to edit, Probably a ploy to get you to upgrade to the pro series. I suppose this won’t be the only challenge I face but was hoping to get going this weekend. Any input would be very much appreciated.

    • Hi Michael,

      What used to be Pro Framework is now GeneratePress… it’s the updated new version of Thomas’ WordPress theme.

      And yes, unfortunately, many things have changed since this tutorial was posted… an unfortunate side effect or publishing material about WordPress.

      And, although some of the screens and menus will look different, you’re still trying to do the same things… that hasn’t changed, but you may have to look in different places.



  • Hi Rebecca, I have a question for you. I have a blog set up using go daddy with word press. Is it possible to use that same set up to make my free lance page, or do I need to start all over?

  • Hello: I have just started with the first video and am wondering what the reason is that Rebecca prefers to have domain name ownership and site hosting with separate companies. It seems like it would be simpler to have them both with the same company — I would like to know what outweighs this in her opinion. Thanks!

  • Looks like disappeared since 2012 when these videos were put up. A google search gave me–Premium Word Press Themes. Will this work as well or do you have any other suggestion?



  • These videos really need to be updated. doesn’t exist any more. What do we install now?

  • I see that you are using GoDaddy as your domain name company and Bluehost as your hosting company. Why would you want to use different domain and hosting companies? What are the advantages of doing it this way as opposed to using one company for both domain name and hosting?

    • At the time this was published, Bluehost didn’t offer domain name registration and GoDaddy’s hosting was spotty at best in terms of support and features. These days, you definitely have more options when it comes to have a single company handle everything.

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